It wasn’t so long ago that Iran was Washington’s favorite Middle East punching bag. Now with the Clinton administration focused so intently on Baghdad, Iran seems to be shedding it’s pariah status. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami recently spoke on CNN and the US wrestling team recently visited Iran to cheers from Iranian fans. So what’s behind the thaw?
Today marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most significant clashes between the U.S. government and American Indians this century—the 71-day siege of tiny hamlet of Wounded Knee, located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the site of an 1890 massacre of Indians by the U.S. Army.